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Demi Tariff rail cards

Has anyone attempted to purchase a demi tariff rail card from the UK using the SBB site? If so, I would like to know whether they will post the card to the UK or only to a Swiss address? If the latter, will they let me collect the card at any designated station, like Geneva Airport for example? This would not be the renewal of an existing card - a completely new application. Thanks.
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Re: Demi Tariff rail cards

Yes, go to http://www.swisstravelsystem.ch/en/c...alf-fare-card/ and order it there (also called Half-Fare travelcard on main SBB website and referred to as the Halbtax-Abo in German-speaking Switzerland). Bon voyage!
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Re: Demi Tariff rail cards

They ask for your 'delivery address' so it certainly looks like they'll post it overseas. No doubt for a booking fee and delivery charge on top.

Or you can just buy one when you get to geneva airport - then you can talk to someone (who will doubtless speak perfect English) and they'll get you the best deal for what you want. And it doesn't take long to buy one at the counter and it's valid immediately. Bear in mind there are half-price cards valid for 1 month, 1 year, 2 years or 3 years. So figure out how long you think you'll need it for. I think only the 1-month cards are available in the online shop.
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Re: Demi Tariff rail cards

The one month card is (or was, I last used it in 2007) a paper card, delivered at the window as soon as you pay.

The one year and longer cards are plastic cards which have to be delivered; I give as delivery address a railway station near where I expect to be at the time of delivery (and yes, they give a temporary card until the plastic one is delivered).
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Re: Demi Tariff rail cards

They will deliver to a UK address - no problem. If you buy one at Geneva airport they will they will issue you with a slip of paper valid for a month showing that you have paid and you just show that when your ticket is checked.
Just a word of warning that they do not take long to arrive in the UK so if you have not received it chase it up. I had our last passes sent to my Uk address - big mistake as they were delivered to 2 different addressses - it was pure luck that the person who it was delivered to was kind enough to bring it around.
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Re: Demi Tariff rail cards

Why bother? Why not just purchase it after arriving here?

BTW, the English translation is "half-fare" card/pass, please use the English version whenever possible (because it makes it easier when people are searching for things and because many people in the German-speaking area don't know what a demi tarif is).
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Old 13.01.2011, 10:47
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Re: Demi Tariff rail cards

And I don't know what they say in the Romandie (French speaking part of Switzerland) but around here, when you buy a ticket and the 'official' says 'hanseeholbtox', he wants to know if you have the half-price card - and may want to actually see it.
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Re: Demi Tariff rail cards

I guess something like "Vous avez le (la? As it's a "carte" - French speakers, what would you say?) demi-tarif?" I always present mine automatically with a ticket that requires it, so no-one's every asked me before.
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Re: Demi Tariff rail cards

Yes, you are supposed to offer it for inspection without being asked.
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Re: Demi Tariff rail cards

It's not usually a problem understanding it when presenting your ticket to be checked.

The fun started when you were new here, you get into a crowded bus, it's raining, a queue of people still out in the rain are pushing from behind, the bus is late and the time to the 'connecting' train is very short, you're attempting to stop your umbrella dripping into your bag and at the same time you are already trying for the third time to pronounce your destination so that the driver selling tickets understands it, you are delving into your purse for an as yet unknown amount of change to pay for it and the chap throws you completely off balance with this incomprehensible and unexpected phrase 'hanseeholbtox?' which, to your overworked brain, could mean anything under the sun.
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